Political Science

77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building E53-467




Application Opens: 

October 9


December 15



Terms of Enrollment: 

Fall Term (September)


Master of Science in Political Science (SM)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Standardized Tests: 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • General test required
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 1902

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Minimum score required: 7
  • Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Minimum score required: 100 (iBT) 600 (PBT)
  • Institute code: 3514
  • Department code: 92

Waiver of TOEFL/IELTS may be available.

Areas of Research: 

American Politics
Comparative Politics
International Relations and Foreign Policy
Models and Methods
Political Economy
Security Studies

Application Requirements: 

Online application
Statement of objectives
Three letters of recommendation
English proficiency exam scores
GRE scores
CV or Resume
Writing Sample

Special Instructions: 

In addition to the Statement of Objectives, applicants must submit a resume and a separate writing sample of no more than 50 pages. Writing samples and resumes should be uploaded as PDF attachments to the online application.

Official transcripts should be scanned
and uploaded as PDF attachments to the online application. Accepted applicants will be required to provide an official sealed transcript from each college attended.